Product Liability

Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania

Plaintiff: Confidential 
Defendant: Confidential
Amount: Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries:  A defective mechanical patient lift in a nursing home led to multiple injuries (including skin tears and bruising) and ultimately an 84-year-old woman was dropped 3-4 feet onto the floor. She died as a result of her injuries.

Description:  The mechanical lift was about 14 years old. The arm was held in place by only one screw that became unscrewed over time and fell out. The main bolt tread depth was not sufficient, and the bolt was free to rotate such that it was reasonable to expect the cradle would come loose from the lift arm. The facility also failed to regularly inspect the lift despite its age. As a result of the fall, the woman suffered rib cage injuries that lead to respiratory compromise and death. Wilkes & McHugh secured a settlement for the woman’s family.

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